Searching for Smallmouth Bass in Illinois | MMB Ep. 10

Searching for Smallmouth Bass in Illinois | MMB Ep. 10

Always explore new waters.

– Alfred Einshtain

#TheHuntFor250 continues!

For some, the smallmouth bass is a common occurrence. For me, the smallmouth bass was a special catch – a rarity, something that was only available in a very limited window when we would vacation in Wisconsin.

No doubt, they grow ’em big up there…

But someone mentioned “smallmouth” in a discussion about local fishing the other day and I just assumed they misspoke. Largemouth, boy. Largemouth is what we got here in Illinois.

Well… maybe not… this year we’re going to look for these powerful little bruisers, and this trip is the first clue that may help put together the pieces of that puzzle.

Bass Count for the Season: 24

Location: Northern Illinois
Time of Year: 2nd Week of May – Late Morning
Weather: Calm & Bluebird Skies
Air Temperature: 60°F

Power Rig: Baitcaster w/ Z-Man DieZel Minnow on an Owner Beast Hook w/ Spinner
Finesse Rig: Spinning w/ Ned Rig & Zman Hula StickZ

Oh hey, check this out – you can still get a free copy of Ned Rig Secrets – guaranteed to help you catch more fish!

Ned Rig Secrets by AJ Hauser
An Easy-Reading 20 Page Guide. Simple Instructions. Beautiful Images. Fun Story – It’s All Here.

Let’s get better.

Email Video Top Baits Illinois Panfish

Want to Catch More Midwest Panfish & Bass??
Of course you do. Click the video link to watch a quick rundown of the panfish baits that have been working all year long!

* Stars & Bars Fishing is dedicated to in-the-field videos, putting the techniques we write about to work. Episodes>


Subscribe to The Minimalist Fisherman.
Weekly articles & videos to help us become better anglers – and better men.